Jawani Phir Nahin Ani – A Senseless Comic Attempt
Jawani Phir Nahi Ani (trending on twitter with #JPNA) is the most anticipated movie of the year without a doubt. The reason is not just one but many, a few of the reasons include, Hamza Ali Abbasi’s much talked about controversial statements, Mehwish Hayat’s post “Billi” release, Vasay Chaudhry’s inspirational tale and last but not the least a mammoth of star-cast with heavy brand endorsements. Let’s dissect Jawani Phir Nahi Ani.
Jawani Phir Nahi Ani revolves around 3 childhood friends Saif (Hamza), Sheikh (Vasay) and Pervez (Ahmed) who are married and settled in their lives but are afraid of their wives. One day, their old friend Sherry (Humayun) – a divorce lawyer, returns Pakistan from The USA and wants to meet his childhood buddies. After meeting them he discovers that their life is literally miserable and is ruled and ruined by their wives. He takes his friends to a boys’ trip to Bangkok – to add some spice in their lives. Things got out of hand and Marina (Mehwish Hayat), daughter of Bichchhi Don (Ismail Tara) falls in love with Sherry and she decides to marry him. On the contrary, Sherry wants to leave Bangkok immediately with his friends, at the eleventh hour wife-brigade raids the hotel in Bangkok and finds their husbands there; Sherry falsely accuses his friends and tells their wives that it was his friends’ idea to visit Bangkok. Losing all the hope in their husbands they announce the divorce and leaves for Pakistan. Months pass and one day Saif, PP and Sheikh comes to know that Sherry is about to get married with billionaire Mehboob Khan’s (Javed Sheikh) daughter Zoya (Sohai) in Lahore. What happens next is what Jawani Phir Nahin Ani is all about. It’s a comedy of errors and situational humor which is an outcome of mindless confusions.
Performance wise, JPNA belongs to Humayun Saeed, Ismail Tara and Javed Sheikh. Sherry’s character is full of surprises and shocks, Humayun proved that he is a seasoned actor and can carry the load on his able shoulders. The sequence involving “Baara Bajay Kay Baad” is the highlight of the film. Javed Sheikh is the ace super-star of Pakistan, this is his 4th release this year and he is phenomenal in this one as well. Ismail Tara is one of the finest comedians of Pakistani Cinema. He steals the show in every scene he appears in. Watch him for the dinner sequence with Humayun – such a spontaneous actor.
Out of Vasay, Ahmed and Hamza, Vasay got the funniest one-liners and his expressions calm comic style reminds of Indian comic giant Mehmood (late). Ahmed is earnest and performs very well. Hamza however, is just okay. After “Main Hoon Shahid Afridi and Waar, audiences expected him to showcase some talent rather than just cool looks.
Out of the girls, Sohai and Mehwish deserves applaud. Bushra Ansari is too loud and one can still recall Saima Chaudhry and Bijli from her recent act. It’s high time she should show some uniqueness to her performance. Songs are nice, they might be good for one time listening or so, but they fail to become hummable once your leave the theater.
Script of JPNA is just okay, in terms of dialogue. There are few one liners which are nice; rests are quite predictable and reused. The story of JPNA reminds of many Indian movies in bits and pieces like Masti, No Entry, Life Partner and Houseful but its not exactly copied. Jawani Phir Nahi Ani is actually what you might call a senseless comic flick which has nothing to do with the reality. Leave your brain outside the cinema hall when watching this movie. JPNA is a mass entertainer; don’t expect classes to get impressed with it.
The film will do a good business because of the major Eid Release and no fierce competition. Producers Salman Iqbal, Humayun Saeed and Jarjees Seja will enjoy hefty revenue for sure. Nadeem Baig as the director of Jawani Phir Nahi Ani will be approached for more stylized senseless comedies in near future.